The NFL has made it an important priority to improve player safety throughout the league, but that didn’t prevent Ryan Shazier from suffering a catastrophic injury in December of 2017. While many thought that the linebacker may never walk again, they severely underestimated the willpower of Shazier.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler has had a remarkable recovery from his injury. Just five months after, he walked across a stage to announce the Steelers 1st round draft pick. Seventeen months later, he was dancing at his wedding. Odds are against Shazier ever playing again, but it would be silly to bet against him.
Born in Florida
Ryan Shazier was born in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida on September 6th of 1992 to father Vernon and mother Shawn. Vernon is a pastor who has worked at many different churches. The faith in which Ryan was raised has been an important part of his recovery.
In December of 2017, Vernon Shazier said of Ryan’s recovery, “We’re taking it one day at a time. We do not know what tomorrow holds. It’s a [daily] journey we don’t know. But I know God is getting the message.”